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Working drawings for finishings in the entrance hall (2)

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Each column within the entrance hall is independently surmounted by a Doric entablature. The entablatures project from the unadorned wall. Drawings 167 and 168 are working drawings for the entablatures, one having been sent to John Pullinger, the clerk of works at Bentley Priory.

The detail drawings for the entrance hall were sent to John Pullinger, clerk of works at Bentley Priory, on 22 October 1798.

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